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  • December 25, 2021
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Part of: Prelims and GS III – Sci and tech

Context Recently, US Pharma Giant Pfizer has received USFDA emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid.

About Paxlovid

  • The drug, Paxlovid, is a faster way to treat early COVID-19 infections, though initial supplies will be extremely limited. 
  • It is an antiviral Covid-19 treatment candidate, which is administered in combination with low dose HIV medicine ritonavir.
  • Paxlovid can be used to treat adults with Covid-19 who do not require supplemental oxygen and who are at increased risk of progressing to severe disease.
  • Under the deal, it signed a voluntary license agreement for Covid-19 oral antiviral treatment candidate Paxlovid. 
  • The production and distribution of Paxlovid shall also be facilitated by granting sub-licenses to qualified generic medicine manufacturers.

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